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Follow-up to Citywide Water Testing at All NYC DOE Schools

The safety and well-being of students and staff is our top priority. I am pleased to share that the New York City Department of Education (DOE) has completed water testing in every public school in the City. New York City water is of the highest quality, and families and staff should rest assured that our drinking water is safe.

The City regulates its own watershed that surrounds and protects our reservoirs, and the water is tested over 500,000 times each year at various points throughout the system. Beyond these extensive measures, the DOE works with City agencies, including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Environmental Protection, to ensure our students have access to safe drinking water in schools. There has never been a known case of lead poisoning due to water in New York City schools.

In any building where lead test results showed even one water outlet above the action level of 15 parts per billion, we implemented our standard remediation protocol. This includes immediately taking drinking and cooking water outlets with exceedances out of service, flushing all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight, replacing equipment and keeping affected drinking and cooking water outlets out of service until follow-up testing shows those outlets no longer have elevations.

92% of our fixtures system-wide tested below guidance. This demonstrates that we do not have any systemic issues with water in our school buildings and that our approach to remediate individual fixtures is appropriate.
Attached, please find the backpack letter to send home with your students today and to share with your staff. Translations can be found here.
By now, you have received detailed information about your school’s results. These can also be viewed on your school’s DOE website, along with full laboratory test results.

Please visit to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school.

We thank you for your partnership in delivering a high-quality education to students across the City. If you have any questions, please contact your Director of Facilities.


Elizabeth A. Rose

04.28.2017 Citywide Backpack Letter (English)